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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hello sailor, will you join me for a cocktail?

This photo was taken at the Evanston History Center by yours truly. The center has very cool exhibits and a collection of more than 10,000 clothing items! This Thursday the center is throwing a party focusing on the history and fashion of cocktails. See you there!

November UTB: A History of Cocktails, Cocktail Dresses and the Cocktail Party

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Reception begins at 6:30pm

Presentation begins at 7:00 pm

Admission: $5 (EHC members free)

This is a CPDU eligible program (2 CPDU credits offered)

The cocktail has been in existence for over 200 years, while cocktail parties and cocktail dresses were an invention of the 20th century. Join EHC Costume Curator Janet C. Messmer while she explores the history of cocktails, cocktail parties, and the special clothes designed to be worn while imbibing, including the magnificent Christian Dior cocktail dress which is part of our current exhibit, “A Curious Patchwork of Evanston Treasures.”

A pre-presentation reception, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Whole Foods Market, Evanston South, will begin at 6:30pm.

Janet C. Messmer also serves as head of the costume technology program at DePaul University’s Theatre School.

Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation please call: 847-475-3410 or e-mail

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